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Jessica E. Treisman

Jessica E. Treisman, PhD

Professor, Department of Cell Biology

Professor, Department of Ophthalmology

cancer, developmental genetics, molecular, cellular, & translational neuroscience, cell signaling, synapse formation

During development, cells signal to one another to communicate positional information that directs them to take on appropriate fates and form contacts with the correct partners. We study these processes using the visual system of the fruit fly Drosophila as our primary model. The repetitive yet exquisitely organized structure of the Drosophila eye and the power of unbiased genetic screens have enabled us to uncover general mechanisms by which cells communicate.

We have identified novel components of the Hedgehog, Wnt, Notch, and epidermal growth factor (EGF) receptor pathways that are important for patterning the fly eye and are misregulated in cancer and other human diseases.

We also study how cell–cell signals are translated into cell fate decisions through effects on specific transcriptional or post-transcriptional regulators of gene expression. Visual system assembly requires neurons to identify and form synapses with the correct partners, in order to form a functional neural circuit. We are investigating the molecular basis for synaptic partner selection, as well as the mechanisms that allow synapse size to grow in proportion to the size of the target. 

For further details on my research, please visit the Treisman Lab website .





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540-562 First Avenue, Skirball Institute

Fourth Floor, Lab 9

New York, NY 10016

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Malin, Jacob; Rosa Birriel, Christian; Astigarraga, Sergio; Treisman, Jessica E; Hatini, Victor

Journal of cell biology. 2022 May 02; 221(5):

Wang, Hongsu; Morrison, Carolyn A; Ghosh, Neha; Tea, Joy S; Call, Gerald B; Treisman, Jessica E

Development. 2022 Apr 01; 149(7):

Ho, Cheuk Hei; Paolantoni, Chiara; Bawankar, Praveen; Tang, Zuojian; Brown, Stuart; Roignant, Jean-Yves; Treisman, Jessica E

EMBO reports. 2021 Nov 02; e53231

Douthit, Jessica; Hairston, Ariel; Lee, Gina; Morrison, Carolyn Arlene; Holguera, Isabel; Treisman, Jessica E

eLife. 2021 May 18; 10:

Letizia, Annalisa; He, DanQing; Astigarraga, Sergio; Colombelli, Julien; Hatini, Victor; Llimargas, Marta; Treisman, Jessica E

Developmental cell. 2019 Aug 05; 50(3):313-326.e5

Courgeon, Maximilien; He, DanQing; Liu, Hui Hua; Legent, Kevin; Treisman, Jessica E

Journal of cell science. 2018 Sep 20; 131(18):